Well, I did it. I reached my goal of 17 hours of training last week. I have to give a big thanks to the many friends who reached out and joined me on my training workouts last week! The week was actually a lot of fun as I was able to socialize for 90% of my training time.
I ran the Catfish Days 10K Sunday morning, which is a challenging course as it involves many rolling hills through Perrot State Park. My friend JB and I biked out to Trempealeau prior to the race – about 16 miles. I felt like I ran a decent race (63 minutes) considering I took a bathroom pit stop and was at the tail end of a very difficult and long week of training. By Sunday afternoon I was pretty exhausted, and ended up sleeping most of the day after the hubby took me to Perkins to stuff myself with pancakes, an omelette and hashbrowns.
On Monday I had some muscle issues in my right upper arm/shoulder area, to the point that I could barely use my arm without feeling some sort of pain. I was able to get a sports massage appointment scheduled and after 2+ hours of body work the massage therapist was able to get a lot of the “crabbiness” out. She even brought out the heavy-duty machinery again (this time I got a photo), it sounds like a vibrating sander that helps release some of the muscle tension in my hips and glutes.
This week involves preparing for the Duluth triathlon, a 70.3 distance (half the distances of Ironman Wisconsin). There will be some tapering involved, but the race is essentially a way for me to continue improving my endurance and fitness to complete Ironman in September. I’m excited for the race as it is held at one of my favorite swimming locations, Island Lake. This is located just minutes from Boulder Lake where my family has a cabin. The scenery in this location is exactly what you would expect to see when you think of Minnesota. It’s gorgeous, I’ll be sure to post plenty of photos!
I’m also going to take the long-distance racing opportunity to trial some nutrition options that I would like to use for Ironman. I prefer to use actual food over sports-specific nutrition products so stay tuned for my upcoming blog post all about my food trialing.
Here is the training for this week –
Monday: strength maintenance
Tuesday: 75 min bike
Wednesday: 40 min easy run w/ 4×1 min higher intensity intervals +2,900 yd swim
Thursday: 75 min bike
Friday: 3,050 yd swim
Saturday: 30 minute bike + 10 min run
Sunday: Duluth Triathlon 70.3 distance
T-51 days until Ironman Wisconsin!